Repsol Honda have become the first MotoGP team to debut the new safety equipment that their pit crew will have to wear during flag-to-flag pit stops in 2017, trying out the helmets during free practice today at Phillip Island.
Introduced after a number of pit lane crashes, including one at Argentina earlier this season that left a mechanic injured when Alvaro Bautista sent his bike spinning into him, the helmets will become mandatory for next season.
And while the move has drawn a mixed reaction from some fans, it has met almost universal approval in the paddock, with many mechanics glad to see their mandatory introduction.
Next season’s new rules will also limit the number of mechanics around each rider’s bike to three, in an attempt to reduce the amount of people in pit lane during the hectic bike switches.
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